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State Command Sergeant Major,
Massachusetts Army National Guard

Command Sgt. Maj. Carlos O. Ramos Rivera

State Command Sergeant Major Carlos O. Ramos RiveraCommand Sergeant Major Carlos O. Ramos Rivera was appointed as the 7th Command Sergeant Major of the Massachusetts National Guard effective 13 December 2013. As the State Command Sergeant Major, CSM Ramos Rivera serves as the Adjutant General’s personal advisor for all enlisted-related issues, particularly those affecting training and quality of life. He travels throughout the Commonwealth observing, training, and talking to Soldiers, Airmen and their Families.

CSM Ramos Rivera was born in 1967, and is a native of Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico. He enlisted in the Massachusetts Army National Guard on December 3, 1986, as an AH-1 attack helicopter weapons systems repairer. He attended Basic Training at Ft Dix, NJ, and advanced individual training at Ft Eustis, VA. Some of his other military courses include the UH-1 Helicopter Repairer Course, Ground Mishap Prevention Course, Aviation Accident Prevention Course, and all levels of the Army Noncommissioned Officer Education System, including the US Army Sergeants Major Academy.

Some of CSM Ramos Rivera’s notable military achievements include: Distinguished Honor Graduate at the Aircraft Weapon Systems Repairer Course, Honor Graduate at the Primary Leadership Development Course, Distinguished Honor Graduate at the resident Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, and 1992 Noncommissioned Officer of the Year for the 1st Squadron, 110th Cavalry Regiment, and the 26th Aviation Brigade.

CSM Ramos Rivera deployed to Kuwait in 2005-2006, as the CSM of Aviation Task Force Kuwait, which provided rotary wing, fixed wing, and Navy MEDEVAC support to Third Army. He also deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 as the CSM of Task Force Kabul, which provided Embedded Training Teams and Police Mentor Teams to the Afghan National Police and Afghan National Army throughout Kabul Province.

CSM Ramos Rivera holds an Associate in Business Administration from Quincy College in Quincy, MA, and a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies (Summa Cum Laude) from Excelsior College in Albany, NY. He is currently on leave of absence from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration in Boston, MA. He and his wife, Luz, live in Douglas, MA. Their two sons, Carlos and Kenny, are both former members of the Massachusetts Army National Guard and OIF/OEF veterans.


  • AH-1 Cobra Weapons and Fire Control Systems Repairer, Det-1, HHT, 1-110th Cavalry
  • Aircraft Weapon Systems Technical Inspector, Det-1, HHT, 1-110th Cavalry
  • Component Repair Supervisor, Det-1, HHT, 1-110th Cavalry
  • Detachment Sergeant, Det-1, HHT, 1-110th Cavalry
  • Platoon Sergeant, Co D, 1-126th Aviation
  • First Sergeant Co D, 1-126th Aviation
  • First Sergeant, Headquarters Supply Co, 226th DASB
  • Operations Sergeant 226th Division Aviation Support Battalion
  • Command Sergeant Major, 226th Division Aviation Support Battalion
  • Command Sergeant Major, 3-126th Aviation
  • Command Sergeant Major, 79th Troop Command
  • Command Sergeant Major, 1-101st Field Artillery
  • Command Sergeant Major, 51st Troop Command


  • Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster
  • Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters
  • Army Commendation Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters
  • Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster
  • Good Conduct Medal
  • Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster
  • National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star
  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star
  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Silver Hourglass and Mobilization device
  • Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 4
  • Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral 2
  • -Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon with Numeral 2
  • NATO ISAF Medal
  • Massachusetts Service Medal with 25-year Eagle device
  • Massachusetts Desert Storm Service Ribbon
  • Massachusetts Defense Expeditionary Ribbon with Bronze Service Star
  • Massachusetts Defense Service Ribbon with Bronze Service Star
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation
  • Master Aviation Badge
  • -German Armed Forces Marksmanship Badge – Gold